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March 13, 2013

Carpenter creating his own legacy at Austin Prep

Austin Prep hockey player Bobo Carpenter of North Reading is one sibling of a former National Hockey League star who doesn’t have to rely on his father’s reputation. Bobo has created one of his own.

The 16-year-old sophomore center is one of the centerpieces who have led the only once-beaten Cougars on a surprising journey into the Super 1-A Division semifinals of the MIAA playoffs.

Bob Carpenter, Bobo’s father, has three Stanley Cup rings which he shares with his children from his playing and coaching days with the New Jersey Devils.

Bob Carpenter was Sports Illustrated’s “Can’t Miss Kid” on the cover during his senior year at St. John’s Prep, a first-round pick in the amateur draft who logged 18 years in the NHL. He also is the first American to score 50 goals in the NHL and a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bobo Carpenter faces his father’s alma mater at Tsongas Arena in Lowell today at 7:45 p.m.

Bobo has evolved into one of the most promising sophomore talents in Division 1 in what has been a stunning year for him.

“He’s one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever coached,” Austin Prep’s Louis Finnochio said. “Bar none. He goes and goes and goes. Bobo’s relentless. (He’s) already a leader as a sophomore and he’s got one of the hardest shots I’ve seen from a schoolboy. From afar, up close, anywhere on the ice he’s a threat.”

Bobo played a half season at Governors Academy last season, just 13 games, because he suffered a concussion. The doctors felt it was serious enough to take him off skates for six months.

“I transferred to Austin because I wanted a smaller school, to be closer to home, and Governors had that private school rule that a student had to participate in three sports.”

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